Daniil Medvedev beat Tomas Machac 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday within the second spherical of the BNP Paribas Open, the Russian’s first event since ascending to No. 1 on the earth.
Medvedev made fast work of his Czech opponent, ending Machac off in simply over an hour. The Russian received 80% of his first-serve factors and saved the lone break level he confronted.
Rafael Nadal didn’t have it as simple in opening his pursuit of a fourth title at Indian Wells. He bought pushed to the restrict by apply companion Sebastian Korda earlier than successful 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (3), giving Nadal a 16-0 file this 12 months.
He received the Australian Open in January for his file twenty first main championship, breaking a tie with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. He received different titles in Melbourne and in Mexico.
Nadal trailed 5-2 within the third set earlier than successful 4 straight video games with two breaks of Korda to take a 6-5 lead. Korda held at 6-all to power the tiebreaker. The Thirty eighth-ranked Korda led 3-2 after which Nadal reeled off 5 straight factors to shut out the two 1/2-hour match.
Earlier than the match, Nadal withdrew from the Miami Open, which begins March 21. He’s managing a persistent situation in his left foot.
Earlier this week, Medvedev obtained a trophy commemorating his standing atop the ATP Tour rankings. He displaced Djokovic, who wasn’t allowed to enter the U.S. to play as a result of he’s not vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
Medvedev has to achieve the quarter-finals within the desert to remain within the high spot.
“If I’m going to lose it as a result of I’m both going to play a nasty match or my opponent goes to play an incredible one, there may be the subsequent event in Miami,” he stated. “That’s how tennis is, each week is a brand new story. Proper now, it’s Indian Wells week and I need to make it a very good story.”
Medvedev is amongst gamers from Russia and Belarus competing at Indian Wells with out flags, symbols or anthems because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The choice to remove their nationwide identification was made by the Worldwide Tennis Federation and each excursions.
“It’s undoubtedly not for me to resolve,” Medvedev stated. “I observe the foundations. I need to play my favorite sport.”
In ladies’s play, Jasmine Paolini upset second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 within the second spherical for the Italian’s first profession win over a top-10 participant. Sabalenka fired eight aces to go along with 10 double faults.
“After the primary set, I didn’t count on to win the match,” Paolini stated. “However then level by level I began to imagine it. I began to hit higher the ball, deeper on the court docket.”
Ranked forty sixth, Paolini received her first WTA Tour singles title final 12 months and reached the highest 50 after the Australian Open in January.